Rub shoulders with locals in Fulham, an upscale London neighbourhood dotted with boutique shops and expensive homes along the River Thames. Explore the 1,000-year-old Fulham Place, sip sauvignon at London Cru Winery or watch the match kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Explore a pocket of London loved by its residents. Fulham is home to great restaurants, with River Café setting the bar high, along with an eclectic mix of designer shops, quaint cafés and a medieval palace. Its location close to the river means it’s an ideal place for waterfront walks and picnics. Just watch out for football fans flocking to watch Chelsea play at home. Here are Culture Trip’s recommendations of the best things to do in this area of southwest London.
Supporters and fans of the beautiful game will love the award-winning Stamford Bridge stadium tour and museum. The tour guides live and breathe this football club; they are brimming with facts as they enthusiastically share its story from 1905. You’ll be taken through the dressing room, press room and players’ tunnel, plus see medals and boots from the past. Don’t miss the Trophy Room, which includes the 2012 UEFA Champions League cup.
A firm fixture on the London art scene, Plus One Gallery was established in 2001 by Colin Pettit and Maggie Bollaert, the Fulham location being its third incarnation. The gallery is dedicated to the development of British and international contemporary hyperrealism, a genre of art resembling a high-resolution photograph. The exhibition programme includes still lifes, urban landscapes and human portraits.
THOY, as it’s known locally, is a gorgeous light and airy studio with classes and workshops taught by a roster of fantastic teachers who know exactly how to get the best out of newbies, long-time yogis and creaky athletes in need of a stretch. Power Flow yoga is the flagship class – a sweaty, invigorating and dynamic vinyasa practice – while yin yoga, restorative yoga and meditation sessions are also popular. Open six days a week.
Add a visit to the UK’s first urban winery to your list – but blink and you may miss it. The winery is tucked away down a narrow alleyway in an old Victorian warehouse, which was once a gin distillery. Inside, you’ll find state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. London Cru was started-up by Cliff Roberson in 2013. It’s now on the wine lists of numerous Michelin-star restaurants in London and beyond. Enjoy wine tastings and regular events in this unique setting.
Home to one of the city’s most important botanic gardens and the former residence of 133 bishops of London, Fulham Palace boasts a rich history. Queen Elizabeth I was guest of honour here at a lavish banquet in 1601. It’s surrounded by 13 acres (5ha) of beautiful walled gardens, full of beautiful flowers and trees – including Britain’s oldest holm oak. Take a tour of the palace and grounds, before making a pit stop in the café for tea and cake.
Green open space is something London does very well. Eel Brook Common is a tranquil space where you can rub shoulders with locals, away from the busy city centre. Look out for the bandstand built in 1894, cricket and football pitches provided in 1921 as well as two tennis courts. The restaurant, Miski Lebanese Dining & Bar, is a real gem, set inside a striking glass building. Expect a menu of high-end Mediterranean dishes.
Mariya Bondareva contributed additional reporting to this article.
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